Project Life

The creative bug has hit again and I’m so excited! I’m so far behind on my PL album and I really want to be caught up but I’ve been lacking creativity. After spending sometime watching project life videos on YouTube I was feeling inspired again and spent the better part of my afternoon yesterday working on layouts. I reworked my title page and got started on a spread covering our trip to San Francisco. It was so much fun I can’t wait to sit down and get more done. I just need to get my butt in gear and order pictures!

I watched a video from Two Peas In A Bucket that had Amy Tan talking about using embellishments out of your comfort zone. I loved that and used that push to include some that I probably wouldn’t have included before. My cover page: The blue card in the top right is from Becky Higgins Seafoam Kit. The striped card is from her Midnight Kit. These are my two main kits and I love that I can mix and match both of them. I love everything about these kits but know that there are SO many other ones out there! I’m sticking with these for now ūüôā The hello twenty thirteen came from Michelle over at Table for Five¬†(if you haven’t checked our her Project Life you should, it’s great!) The Let’s Do This and Everyday Life cards are studio calico cards (I think…) and the camera card at the bottom came from a card swap I did that had a theme of “stamp.” The doily came from my Citrus Twist kit that I tried out (and loved!) and the buttons I’ve had in my stash FOREVER.

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This page I didn’t embellish too much, I love my photos from Persnickety Prints, especially the little polaroid ones! I journaled on the top one and added a sticker to one. I might go back and add a bit more wash tape to the others but I’m going to sit on that for a little while. The two journal cards on this page also came from my stamp card swap. I love the brown notebook page one, that stamp is now on my wish list! The little arrow was a Freckled Fawn wood veneer and I adore them. The washi tape is a mystery. I think it came from a grab bag that I ordered but I’m not sure.

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This page I love love love! I grabbed the San Fran stickers at Michael’s before our trip. The chevron card underneath it came from the seafoam kit. I covered the little arrow in some wash tape and stuck it on top of the page and then I just used a little scrap piece of paper to label the picture with more washi. This wasn’t one of my favorite washi tapes but I love how it goes with this spread!

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All the page protectors are from Becky Higgins big variety pack. Have you tried scrapbooking with Project Life? It’s so simple…I highly recommend it! My go to tool is the Oh Life email I get daily where I can jot down notes so I remember what happened. It’s an easy way for me to keep up with what’s happening and makes sitting down to journal a breeze. I cant’ wait to sit down and scrap some more! Off to order pictures…

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San Francisco {Part 2}

I am a total food junkie. While I love to cook I also love to find those amazing restaurants and give them all my money so I can eat everything there. I can say that SF had more than their fair share of these places! I knew that I needed to go to Tartine for a chocolate croissant. I knew that I had to have brunch because SF does brunch. The boy, ahem the husband, had to have Chinese food.

I still can’t stop dreaming about the¬†croissant¬†from Tartine. There was a long line to wait in but I knew that it was going to be worth it. We weren’t hungry since we’d just come from brunch. We finally get to the counter and I was overwhelmed by the aromas of everything there. We picked up a chocolate croissant (huge mistake. should have gotten 2!!) and a ham and cheese¬†croissant¬†along¬†with¬†a few drinks to enjoy a bit later. We walked. and walked. and walked until we finally made it to the park across the street from the painted ladies. Full House anyone? We had our Tartine picnic right across the street with the view of the beautiful victorian houses. Seriously. I can still taste the amazing¬†croissants¬† Now if only I could have some here…

On our walk back from the park we went through Hayes Valley. I loved it there! ¬†The shops, some restaurants and a¬†macaron¬†store, plus the tree lined streets…it was great. {This trip I fell in love with macarons. I couldn’t get enough. I tried one everywhere I could.} We walked into Chantal Guillon and I instantly knew I had to have some treats. I wound up ordering six but had I known just how incredible they were I would have ordered 2 dozen. No seriously.

Imagefrom left to right: espresso coffee {yummy. good coffee flavor} raspberry lychee {delicious. so light and refreshing} salted caramel {outstanding. the middle was caramel.} coconut lime {yummy. I’m not usually a coconut person but this was good.} passion fruit {delicious! I love the flavor of passion fruit.} dark chocolate yuzu {so yummy. what a great flavor pairing}

When we were in the Ferry Building exploring all the¬†delicious¬†food options we came across the donuts at the end of the building. I ordered one and didn’t even realize they were vegan until I had paid and read the sign. They were outstanding! Seriously the best donuts ever. Pepples Donuts are delicious! I had a salted caramel one and it rocked. I couldn’t stop thinking about these donuts and on Sunday when we were walking from brunch to Tartine we happened to walk past a bake sale and they had the donuts! I was one happy girl. I had lemon poppyseed the second time around. Equally as delicious, really yummy lemon flavor. ¬†Apparently they are open 7 days a week at the Ferry Building. Had I known this I would have been there daily for a donut. Probably better that I didn’t ūüôā

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Writing this I think that perhaps most of our trip was centered around food! Good thing we both like to eat. And walk…

Our first day we wanted to grab lunch but nothing heavy or crazy. We found ourselves at Wayfare Tavern {Tyler Florence’s restaurant} and we snagged some seats at the bar. We had a light lunch complete with his melt in your mouth popovers. Oh my god. They were so good! We ordered the tartare and the brussle sprouts and the poutine. I had the iced tea which came with a scoop of lemon sorbet in it and a pomegranate simple syrup {best iced tea I have EVER had.} the boy, ahem, the husband, had a local beer. Everything here was wonderful. We could see into the kitchen. Our server was awesome. It was the perfect light(ish) lunch before we went exploring. I wanted to go back for a full meal but there were so many places to see and eat that we never went back. I would certainly go when we fly back to SF!

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Have I made your stomach growl? Have you drooled yet? If so then I’ve done my job! More food reviews to come….

enjoy the rest of your weekend….Go ILLINI!

San Francisco {Part 1}

Oh San Francisco. You stole my heart. Like the Mowgli’s said…“I lost my head in San Francisco”¬†{side note. I’m obsessed with this song. It’s my happy dance song. That is all}

The boy, ahem the husband, and I went on a short getaway last month. We needed to go somewhere and his birthday was coming up a few weeks later so we decided to make it a M&M trip. We travel a good deal but typically wind up going to visit someone, friends, family, you name it. A new rule was born this year; we have to take 2 trips a year that don’t involve visiting people. They don’t have to involve an airplane but there must be 2 getaways where it’s just us. We’ll see if 2 a year happen but it’s a nice goal. We laid Seattle, San Francisco and Austin on the table. Austin was way expensive at the time so we knocked that idea off for now. Debating between the two cities we went with SF because it was going to be the Chinese New Year when we were there. It was the BEST decision ever. I fell in love with the food, the city and the people. Minor set back when we got there and realized that the Chinese New Year celebration wasn’t until two weeks after our trip, whoops. I still have no idea how that happened but we managed to have a blast regardless.

I posted on¬†Facebook¬†and asked everyone where to go, what to see and what to eat. I got some awesome suggestions, too many for one trip, and we happily explored the city for 4 days. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency in the Financial District. The hotel was good, nothing fancy but the service was awesome and our bed was comfortable. Extra points for location! Being right across the street from the Ferry Building was great. We arrived at 12:30 Friday afternoon and were able to check in early which was great. We also were lucky enough to score late check-out and then they stored our bags so we could explore a bit more before leaving. I’d definitely stay here again when we come back!

We walked and walked and walked ALL over the city. The one thing I’d struggled with was if we should buy some sort of transportation pass. I’d heard mixed ideas from people but I’m so glad we didn’t! We walked so much that I didn’t feel guilty about the insane amount of amazing food that we ate. We wound up with perfect weather, especially when we were in the sun. We took advantage of public transportation here and again but mostly we wound up walking. The LONGEST walk of the trip was definitely when we started at the Ferry Building and then walked up to Pier 39, explored for 2.5 seconds before I couldn’t handle the tourists anymore and then continued to explore, walked up Lombard St. and then all the way back to our hotel. Holy Walk.

We ate our way through the city! Some of my favs; Wayfare Tavern, Tartine, Pepples Donuts, MY Chine and Chantal Guillon Macarons. I have so much more to say but I’ll keep this post (semi) short and leave it at that. More in depth reviews to come!

Below you’ll find just a few photos that captured our trip….

SF1¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† hanging out at pier one *gorgeous pottery at the Ferry Building*I am obsessed with macroons*it’s our street!

SF2                                                 love him* delicious coffee* pretty carousel *full house painted ladies

 

 

Green Goodness

This year my body seems to be surviving without coffee…I know, I know how is that even possible? I can’t exactly tell you but I can say that smoothies have to play some part in it. I can go days without caffeine and not get a headache {yes!!} and I feel so much better when I start my day with a smoothie. Usually it’s a whole bunch of spinach assorted fruits (I tend to lean towards frozen pineapple, peaches and mango) but anything is delicious.

Fast forward to last weekends incredible trip to San Francisco. We had just finished brunch at Foreign Cinema (meh) and were walking towards Tartine Bakery for croissants when we stumbled across Sidewalk Juice. There was a crowd of people out front of it which is what caught our attention so we stopped and read the¬†gigantic¬†menu for a good five minutes. After deciding that we should split one since we’d just brunched and were on our way to get more to eat I told the boy, ahem, the husband that he could pick whatever he wanted. His choice? The Kale Colada Smoothie {fresh organic kale, coconut juice, pineapple, coconut shreds, pineapple sorbet and ice.} I was intrigued by the kale and the coconut…I am a huge kale fan but was yet to incorporate it into a smoothie and coconut has never been my thing. This smoothie though? This smoothie changed my mind. I seriously dreamed of it all week until I could find the time to head to Whole Foods to get lacinto kale. The result was a sweet yet slightly tart smoothie with a hint of coconut that was so refreshing.

I’ve made it twice now at home and I am hooked. I drank a 22 oz life factory water bottle full for breakfast and didn’t need to eat until late afternoon. I am also in love with the life factory water bottles because they are glass, hold the perfect amount of smoothie and keep them cold. Want to make your own? Check out my recipe for my take on the awesome sidewalk juice drink we savored in between insane amounts of food while walking the streets of San Francisco!

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2 cups frozen pineapple

a healthy handful or two of lacinato kale

3 tablespoons of sorbet (I couldn’t find plane pineapple but the one that I bought is amazing)

8 oz coconut juice (NOT coconut water!)

a handful of coconut flakes (the first time I made this I made it without the flakes and it was still delicious)

 

Blend pineapple, sorbet, juice and coconut flakes together until smooth. Add in kale and continue to blend. Adjust ingredients to your liking, less liquid if you like a thicker smoothie, more if you like a juice like one. If you use fresh pineapple be sure to add a handful of ice cubes so your smoothie is cold.

 

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I’m excited to build off of this recipe, I’m thinking mango would be a delicious addition as would peach. Have any delicious smoothie recipes to share? I’m always looking for new ones. If you need ideas you can check out my pinterest board or go look at the Sidewalk Juice website for ideas, they have a ton of smoothies listed.

Have a great weekend!

Happy Friday {ahem, Thursday…}

It’s my Friday today! Although I’ve been sick all week so technically I’ve had a week full of Fridays. Luckily I’m on the mend today because we are jetting off to San Francisco tomorrow for a 4 day getaway. I am so excited to explore a new city, especially this city since it is full of amazing food. Yep that’s right I’m excited about all the food. I have a list as long as my arm, no actually longer, of places that I want to eat. That would mean eating every hour during our 4 day getaway so I know we won’t hit everywhere but that also means we will have to go back. If you follow me on¬†Facebook¬†or Instagram expect a bazillion pictures because I’ve taken none this week and it’s making me nutty.

Have an fabulous places that we must eat at/drink at/see? Leave me a note! We only have set in stone plans for one night. Oh and plans to go to Tartine at least twice. Yep twice.

On another note…

I am intrigued by the blogging world. I am not an expert blogger, I post infrequently and it’s beyond random. I do however spend the first 20-30 minutes of my morning catching up on my reading via Google Reader. I enjoy reading a number of blogs and am fascinated by the projects other people complete, the photos that they take and the food that is made. I love it. I love how friendly everyone is and it’s fun to “catch up” with “my people” every morning. I’ve come to look forward to reading about everyones adventures. I recently emailed Jackie over at Marin Mama Cooks because she lives outside of San¬†Francisco¬†and I thought maybe she’d have some¬†recommendations¬†about where to visit while we were there. She sent me back the sweetest email and this further fueled my desire to continue to build my blog and maybe find some direction. Seriously, the people out there who are blogging are inspiring! If you haven’t met Jackie I¬†recommend¬†going to visit her blog and making some of her¬†recipes…they are delicious! I love that she posts a weekly menu, since I do the same thing at our house.

Want some more awesome blogs to check out? Below you’ll find a few of the ones that I visit every morning. {they have no idea who I am but I enjoy reading their blogs and finding new and delicious recipes to try out or learning new things.} Go give them some love!
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—> Tracy over at Shutterbean takes gorgeous photos and her food looks delicious. I’m a new reader over there but I haven’t found something I don’t like yet. I can’t wait to break out our pannini press and try out some of her sandwiches. Have I mentioned how beautiful her photos are? The light is stunning. Go take a look yourself!

—> Taza over at Love Taza has the cutest family I have ever seen. I love looking at their beautiful pictures and making an ever growing list of places I need to eat at when I get back to New York City! Go take a peek, it’s a fun blog to look at!

—> April over at Life and Style of April Kennedy¬†blows me away. She is inspiring and I love reading her posts. She is fostering two of the cutest babies ever not to mention she already has two beautiful children. She is definitely a blogger I would love to meet in real life! I love reading about her experience with fostering babies, it is probably one of the hardest things someone could ever do!

—> Kristin over at Iowa Girl Eats is awesome! I love her recipes and that she’s also a midwestern girl. Her most recent post about Brownie Mix Truffles looks amazing and I need to find a reason to make them. She’s got a great recipe index with everything from sweets to healthy salads and in between. Go find something delicious to put on your dinner table.

 

My list of blogs is waaaaaaaaaaay longer than these 4 lovely ladies but I’ll share more in another post. perhaps it will be a weekly edition (or monthly knowing myself.)

Happy {almost} Friday! Enjoy your weekend